Tea drinking in Russia was traditionally a luxury which only rich people could afford. This is because tea was introduced into Russia from China, and the trade route was difficult and dangerous. This made the tea very expensive.

Russians soon developed special rituals for tea drinking, and a special pot, called a Samovar, for brewing tea. Russian Life magazine explains all about it.

Feel like trying some? The Lower East Side Restoration Project has some interesting recipes for Russian teas and traditional teatime cakes.

Afternoon tea in Russia, around 1905 from The Lower East Side Restoration Project

Have you ever tried Russian tea? What did you think?

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Lucy is English and first ventured out of the UK she was 19. Since then she has lived in 4 different countries and tried to see as much of the world as possible. She loves learning languages, learning about different cultures and hearing different points of view.